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ITS Banner Upgrades

ITS will be applying Banner upgrades to its production environment, on Sunday June 11, 2023 from 5:00 –11:00 a.m.

During this maintenance window, the Banner Application, Self-Service Banner (Student Profile, registration, timesheets, leave balances, etc) will be unavailable. These upgrades have already been applied to TST1, TST2 and PPRD databases for testing purposes and are required in order to keep our systems up to date.

The ITS systems status page, found in dark blue top section of the portal, will be updated accordingly.

If you encounter any issues post upgrade, please contact the help desk at or at 716.888.8340.

Submitted by: Michele Folsom, Director of Administrative Computing, ITS

PA Studies Grad Accepted to Medical Residency

The PA program is proud to announce that Samuel Franck Seppo, a recent graduate from the inaugural cohort, was just matched with a radiation oncology residency after successfully passing this first two step exams for medical school.

Seppo accomplished this incredible feat during his clinical rotations after being encouraged by a number of his oncology preceptors with Roswell Park Cancer Institute as a PA student, based on his exceptional performance. He graduated with a 3.86 GPA, all while being thousands of miles away from his wife and daughters.

Seppo was also a recipient of one of the first Mother Cabrini Health Foundation scholarships and has been a leader among leaders in his cohort throughout PA school. We are incredibly proud to send him off to complete his education in medical residency, knowing he will be a strong advocate for his cancer patients, the PA profession, and Canisius University for years to come. Best of luck to Dr. Seppo!

Submitted by: Aimee Larson, Program Director, PA Studies

CDE 2023 Annual Meeting


The Association of Jesuit Colleges and Universities’ Conference on Diversity and Equity (CDE) will host its 2023 annual meeting virtually on Tuesday, June 20 from 1:00 – 4:00 p.m. EST. Canisius College will serve as the virtual host of this event. Registration is free and all members of the community are invited to attend. You can register here.

The annual meeting will feature a special memorial tribute to CDE founders and legends who have recently passed away, a discussion on issues related to supporting LGBTQIA+ communities on your Jesuit campuses, and the impact of anti-DEI legislation. If you have any questions or concerns, please contact Bennie Williams ( who serves as vice-chair of CDE.

Submitted by: Bennie D. Williams, Assistant Dean of Students, ALANA Student Center

Changes to SPSS Licensing

Canisius will be transitioning from its college-wide site licensed contract with SPSS to an individual licensing approach.

College-wide access to these programs will conclude on October 31, 2023 at the end of our existing contract. Moving forward, access to SPSS will be available using individual licenses.

The decision to change our licensing approach to SPSS will save the college money, improve the workplace and scholarly readiness of our students, create more equitable access to data science tools for our community, and recognizes changes in institutional usage of data analytic tools.

Please know that:

  • Individual needs: Individual faculty, departments, and programs in need of SPSS or any other software can work with ITS and their dean to purchase individual licenses as necessary for the continuity of scholarship and/or specific pedagogical needs. Please communicate your needs ASAP so we can work to ensure the continuity of your access to the software you need. Individual licenses for faculty/staff are currently $259.99/year with student leases ranging from $35/4-months & $90/year.
  • Training: The Center for Online Learning and Innovation along with the IMPACT Center for Research, Innovation, and Scholarship and the Canisius Center for Analytics and Data Ecosystems will continue to provide opportunities for in person training, asynchronous resources, and personalized support in data analytics. Please stay tuned to your email and The Dome for announcements of these and other development opportunities.
  • Coursework: The college offers numerous courses in data analytics that, like all Canisius courses, faculty can take at no cost. Undergraduate Data ScienceMasters Data Analytics

If you would like to talk to someone one-on-one to discuss this potential change to SPSS on campus, please contact Jenn Lodi-Smith, Assistant Vice President for Academic Affairs, at, or the ITS Help Desk, at

Submitted by: Amy Beiter, curriculum and student support project associate, Academic Affairs

Toward a Common Enumeration of Data Breaches

Common vulnerabilities and exploits fuel cyber attacks and warfare. We hear about them all the time. Notification and identification of these vulnerabilities used to be a hodgepodge. Information was decentralized. Affected vendors maintained their own, siloed assessments and acknowledgements. Virus detection engines used their own set of identified vulnerabilities. No common language or data representation format existed.

MITRE identified this as a problem in early 1999 [1]. They proposed a centralized repository of identified vulnerabilities. Industry, governments, and researchers would work hand in hand to identify and codify vulnerabilities. Fast forward 20 years. The MITRE Common Vulnerabilities and Exposure (CVE) database [2] has standardized vulnerability reporting. It has led to the development of numerous, other cybersecurity resources. An example is the MITRE ATT&CK knowledge base [3]. It lists adversary tactics and techniques based on real-world observations and matched to CVEs.

The time has come to centralize the reporting of data breaches in a similar, centralized and structured manner.  Click here to read Justin Del Vecchio’s blog about what exactly a centralized, common enumeration of data breaches enables.

Submitted by: Justin Del Vecchio, PhD, Assistant Professor, Computer Science and Cybersecurity